Non-profit hospital names Lauderdale Lakes resident Charmaine Fender as its Leader of the Year, Oakland Park resident Kevin Graver as its Associate of the Year, and bestows 50-year service award to Lauderdale Lakes resident Jim Lowe
C. Brandenburg, II
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Holy Cross Hospital has honored three outstanding employees for their extraordinary
performance and commitment to the non-profit hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
50-Year Service Award
Lauderdale Lakes resident Jim Lowe was honored with a 50-year service award for his five decades serving as an orthopedic technician at Holy Cross, during which he never missed a day of work. He is the first Associate to earn a 50-year service award in the hospital’s 62-year history.
Lowe, who retired from Holy Cross this summer, started working at the facility in 1968 when he was just 20 years old. Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Apollo 8 astronauts Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman became the first human beings to travel to the moon, and the Big Mac made its big debut, costing just 49 cents at the time.
Of his career, Lowe said, “In 50 years, I’ve never had one sick day or missed a day’s work. We had a lot of fun here. I am leaving a lot of memories and friends behind. It’s kind of like a marriage. You bond with the people you work with. You hate to leave the people you work with because they become your family.”
Leader of the Year
Additionally, Holy Cross named Lauderdale Lakes resident Charmaine Fender as its 2017-2018 Leader of the Year. With more than 24 years of service at Holy Cross, Fender currently serves as the nurse manager of the hospital’s inpatient rehab unit.
Associate of the Year
Oakland Park resident Kevin Graver was named as Holy Cross Hospital’s 2017-2018 Associate of the Year. Graver, who has been with Holy Cross for four years, currently serves as the hospital’s managed care contract administrator. He also volunteers as the co-chair of the hospital’s fundraising campaign for the United Way and is alumnus of the hospital’s Legacy Leaders program.
“Jim, Charmaine and Kevin embody the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy every day and inspire their colleagues with their dedication, loyalty, compassion, and gracious respect,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. “They truly represent the very best of Holy Cross.”
About Holy Cross Hospital
A member of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Holy Cross Hospital has been named one of the top three hospitals of 64 in the Miami metro area and one of the top 10 in the state in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospital rankings. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as our community’s trusted health partner for life. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com. Connect @holycrossfl.